The new Minister for Small Business, catapulted into Cabinet by a caucus vote, without the support of the Premier, has also been slow out of the starting blocks.
Recently questioned in Parliament about Labor’s AFL Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Policy, estimated to cost the economy $1,500 million, Mr Dalidakis admitted the overwhelming opposition expressed in submissions to the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) would be ignored.
Mr Dalidakis told Parliament that if small business could not pay the extra public holiday penalty rates, then they should close.
Labor has also failed to make a number of public board appointments leaving key small business boards paralysed.
Multicultural Business Ministerial Council, Small Business Ministerial Council and Victorian Biotechnology Advisory Council are vacant and merely exist on paper, while Victoria Trade and Investment Office Pty Ltd lists only four board members.
The role of important small business boards is to provide advice to the Minister, but have remained mere shells under a pro union Andrews Labor Government. Ensuring that the key small business committees are fully functional does not seem to be a priority of the new Minister for Small Business.
Allowing these small business committees to fall into disuse is further evidence that Labor doesn't really care about the small business sector which is the engine room of our economy.
Quotes attributable to Inga Peulich MLC, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region:
"Labor is much more interested in places which can be unionised or which can kick money into union coffers than they are in helping small businesses to meet the challenges of Labor’s job destroying policies."